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Title:The Clash of Nationalisms and the Triumph of Liberalism in South Africa
Author:Adeleke, AdemolaISNI
Periodical:Lagos Historical Review
Geographic term:South Africa
Politics and Government
Abstract:The racially dominated socioeconomic and political system that prevailed in South Africa before the abolition of apartheid in 1994 spawned two parallel nationalisms, Afrikaner nationalism and African nationalism. The first was an ideology of domination and the second an ideology of liberation. This article analyses the competition for dominance between these two racially motivated nationalisms. It argues that although Afrikaner nationalism gained initial dominance this was not sustainable on the long term since it was bound to come into confrontation with African nationalism. In the end, both Afrikaner and African nationalism had to give way to liberalism, which offered a means to reconcile the competing interests of all the races in South Africa. Ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]